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Director:
Writers:
Laurens Van der Post (novel)
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Release Date:
2 September 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Java, 1942 - A clash of cultures, a test of the human spirit.
Plot:
In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Bowie ... Maj. Jack 'Strafer' Celliers

Tom Conti ... Col. John Lawrence

Ryûichi Sakamoto ... Capt. Yonoi

Takeshi Kitano ... Sgt. Gengo Hara (as Takeshi)

Jack Thompson ... Group Capt. Hicksley
Johnny Okura ... Kanemoto (as Johnny Ohkura)

Alistair Browning ... De Jong
James Malcolm ... Celliers' Brother
Chris Broun ... Celliers aged 12
Yûya Uchida ... Commandant of Military Prison
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ... President of the Court
Takashi Naitô ... Lt. Iwata
Tamio Ishikura ... Prosecutor
Rokko Toura ... Interpreter
Kan Mikami ... Lt. Ito
Yûji Honma ... Pfc. Yajima
Daisuke Iijima ... Cpl. Ueki
Hideo Murota ... New Camp Commandant
Barry Dorking ... Chief Doctor
Geoff Clendon ... Australian Doctor
Grant Bridger ... P.O.W. Officer
Richard Adams ... P.O.W
Geoff Allen ... P.O.W
Michael Baxter-Lax ... P.O.W.
Mark Berg ... P.O.W
Marcus Campbell ... P.O.W
Colin Francis ... P.O.W
Richard Hensby ... P.O.W
Richard Hoare ... P.O.W
Martin Ibbertson ... P.O.W
Rob Jayne ... P.O.W
Richard Mills ... P.O.W
Mark Penrose ... P.O.W
Arthur Ranford ... P.O.W
Steve Smith ... P.O.W
Stephen Taylor ... P.O.W
Richard Zimmerman ... P.O.W
Ian Miller ... English Guard
Don Stevens ... Pastor
Yoichi Iijima ... Japanese Soldier
Satoshi Ito ... Japanese Soldier
Masaki Kusakabe ... Japanese Soldier
Kunihide Kuruma ... Japanese Soldier
Hiroshi Mikami ... Japanese Soldier
Akihiro Masuda ... Japanese Soldier
Tokuhisa Masuda ... Japanese Soldier
Takeshi Nagasawa ... Japanese Soldier
Takashi Odashima ... Japanese Soldier
Masanori Okada ... Japanese Soldier
Shoetsu Sato ... Japanese Soldier
Rintaro Shibata ... Japanese Soldier
Masamichi Shibasaki ... Japanese Soldier
Kaname Shimura ... Japanese Soldier
Kenzo Shirahama ... Japanese Soldier
Hisao Takeda ... Japanese Soldier
Hidenobu Togo ... Japanese Soldier
Atsuo Yamashita ... Japanese Soldier
Heiwa Yoshihara ... Japanese Soldier
Takeshi Yu ... Japanese Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rex Wilmshurst ... P.O.W.

Directed by
Nagisa Ôshima 
 
Writing credits
Laurens Van der Post (novel "The Seed and The Sower")

Nagisa Ôshima (screenplay) &
Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Terry Glinwood .... executive producer
Masato Hara .... executive producer
Joyce Herlihy .... associate producer
Geoffrey Nethercott .... executive producer
Eiko Oshima .... executive producer
Larry Parr .... associate producer
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ryûichi Sakamoto 
 
Cinematography by
Tôichirô Narushima (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tomoyo Oshima 
 
Production Design by
Shigemasa Toda 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Sanders 
 
Makeup Department
Antony Clavet .... makeup supervisor
Glenis Daly .... hair stylist
Bryony Hurden .... makeup assistant
Robern Pickering .... chief makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonty Barraud .... second assistant director
Geoffrey Hill .... third assistant director
Lee Tamahori .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Masaru Arakawa .... set dresser
Lyn Bergquist .... property buyer
Kyoichi Hashimoto .... construction manager
Tetsuya Hataya .... assistant art director
Trevor Haysom .... stand-by props assistant
Ryoichi Kamon .... construction technician
Masaaki Kobayashi .... construction technician
Bryan McDonald .... property assistant
Kazumasa Nomura .... assistant art director
Chris Paulger .... stand-by props
Pam Sebold .... property assistant
Yutaka Wakase .... construction technician
Shoichi Yasuda .... property master
 
Sound Department
Eugene Arts .... boom operator
Akira Honma .... dubbing mixer
Akira Honma .... sound effects
Mikio Mori .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Mike Westgate .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Shulamit Levin .... digital restoration (2007 restored version)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Allender .... clapper loader
Ian Beale .... electrician
Dennis Cullen .... grip
Tex Foot .... generator operator
Ken George .... still photographer
Brian Harris .... key grip
Don Jowsey .... best boy
Geoff Maine .... electrician
Warren Mearns .... gaffer
Brendon Mune .... electrician
Jeff O'Donnell .... grip
Ian Philp .... electrician
Andy Roelants .... focus puller
Hiroaki Sugimura .... camera operator
Takashi Ueno .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Diana Rowan .... casting: New Zealand
Takashi Ueno .... casting: Japan
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman Forsey .... wardrobe assistant
Leslie Gilda .... wardrobe assistant
Kazuo Matsuda .... wardrobe master
Christine West .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kimie Kawagishi .... negative cutter
Kenichi Takashima .... assistant film editor
 
Transportation Department
Robin Allen-Paris .... transportation manager (as Robin Allen)
 
Other crew
Vivien Bridgewater .... production secretary
Sevilla Delofski .... assistant to producer
Didi Dickson .... interpreter
Mitsue Fujita .... assistant production accountant
Ralph Gardiner .... armorer
Tony Hedges .... production accountant
Margaret Hilliard .... production coordinator
Raijin Nakahata .... continuity
Lynne Newport .... assistant production accountant
Susan Nicholas .... nurse
Roger Pulvers .... assistant to director
Roger Pulvers .... dialogue coach
Takashi Shirai .... location manager
Kuniko Usui .... production assistant
Kansai Yamamoto .... concept designer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" - Australia (DVD box title), Australia (DVD box title), International (English title) (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
123 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ryûichi Sakamoto achieved a rare feat with the making of this film. He both composed the music score and starred as Captain Yonoi in one of the leading roles in the movie. He would later repeat this feat by both composing the original score and acting in a leading role in The Last Emperor (1987).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the final scene in the prison cell, the cross belt of Lt Col Lawrence's Sam Browne is fitted back to front.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sgt. Gengo Hara:[in Japanese] Wake up, Lawrence.
Colonel Lawrence:[in Japanese] What is it? Why so early, Sergeant Hara?
Sgt. Gengo Hara:[in Japanese] Hurry up!
Group Capt. Hicksley:What does he want?
Colonel Lawrence:[in English] I'll find out?
Sgt. Gengo Hara:[in Japanese] What?
Group Capt. Hicksley:You don't have to take orders from this man, you know, Lawrence.
Colonel Lawrence:Well, I'm the liaison officer, so I'm liaising.
Sgt. Gengo Hara:[in Japanese] What did he say?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Fear and Trembling (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Lord's My ShepherdSee more »

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31 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
almost unbearably moving, 7 February 2001
Author: seamuss from Dublin, Ireland

Based on Laurens van der Post's "The Seed and the Sower", "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence" is an involving, almost unbearably moving and incredibly humane film. While Bowie toplines, the real star is Tom Conti as the eponymous British Officer trying to reconcile his respect for Japanese culture and innate humanity with the barbarity of the POW camp. Bowie has often been criticised for his acting, yet aside from a rather laughable flashback sequence where he impersonates a schoolboy, he is convincing as a mysterious and spirited "soldier's soldier" who has a beguiling effect on the young officer commanding the camp, played by Ryuichi Sakamoto, who quotes Shakespeare and issues brutal orders in almost the same breath.

Sakamoto, who is also a pioneer of electronic music with the Yellow Magic Orchestra, also wrote the soundtrack, including the famous "Forbidden Colours" theme (you probably know this even if you don't know where it's from) which conjures up the atmosphere of regret, lost love and repressed heartbreak in which we see the strange, unrequited love of Sakamoto's character for Bowie's. This film is about this impossible unrequited love and about the struggle of human values in wartime. As Lawrence (Conti) says to a Japanese Officer facing execution after the war; he is now the victim of "men who are sure they are right", just as in the camp the Japanese were sure they were right. The last scene between the decent, humane Lawrence and this officer, who was by turns hearty and brutal in the camp, is one of the most heartbreaking ever committed to celluloid.

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